Juneteenth at Oakland Cemetery

Event Date:

Saturday, June 17 at 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Originally celebrated in Galveston, Texas on June 19, 1865, Juneteenth is a nationally-recognized commemorative day celebrating the abolishment of slavery in the Confederate south at the end of the Civil War.

Historic Oakland Foundation hosts a Juneteenth celebration at Oakland Cemetery on Saturday, June 17. Please join us at Oakland Cemetery’s Bell Tower for:

  • Guided walking tours of Oakland Cemetery’s African American Grounds
    • Adult tours at 9:15 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.
    • Children’s tour at 10:15 a.m.
  • Storytelling with LaDoris Bias-Davis
    • 11:15 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
  • Headstone cleaning demo and workshop*
    • 9 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.
  • Cultural Scavenger Hunt for kids (updated for 2017)
    • A self-guided, kid-friendly hunt available at any time during Juneteenth
  • Burial records lookup
  • Details on Historic Oakland Foundation’s African American Grounds restoration project
  • Discounts on select book titles in the Visitors Center & Museum Shop
  • Discounts on Historic Oakland Foundation Memberships

This event is free and open to the public. No reservations required for tours.

*To ensure the Preservation, Restoration, and Operations (PRO) Team has has enough tools and equipment to go around, please click here to let us know that you’d like to participate in the headstone cleaning demo and workshop.

Juneteenth at Oakland Cemetery is presented with generous support from